Through the UEP Public Art Plan, The City of Calgary has undertaken a visionary approach to integrating public art and utility infrastructure with the vision to promote understanding and awareness of our surrounding watersheds, while contributing to the ever-growing collection of outstanding public art in our city.
About the plan
Believed to be the first of its kind in North America, the Utilities and Environmental Protection Public Art Plan is founded on the principle that public art, in collaboration with other disciplines, can create remarkable places that encourage sustainability and stewardship of the environment. The Plan also represents a key component of the Public Art Program's mission to guide the evolution of a distinct and vibrant artistic character for the city’s public places.
Since 2007 this Plan has fostered innovative and award-winning public art projects – both temporary and permanent – and commissioned artists locally, nationally and internationally to engage the community on the broad theme of the watershed – which underlies many of the services provided by the Utilities and Environmental Protection Department; drinking water, wastewater treatment, drainage and the protection of public health and the environment. The Plan capitalizes on the City's excellent environmental record as steward of the Bow River and ensures that public art projects will enhance and preserve this legacy.
With the majority of projects now complete or underway there is an opportunity to expand upon the original scope to include Waste and Recycling Services and Environmental and Safety Management.
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The City is currently working to develop a second phase that will build upon the success of the original plan and continue to convey a long-range, visionary approach to public art. Phase II will expand beyond watershed-related public art opportunities to support the goals of Waste and Recycling Services and Environmental and Safety Management, build connections between Calgarians and their wasteshed* and draw attention to our shared responsibility to conserve and protect our environment. The Plan will foster a diverse range of innovative public art opportunities that continue to position The City as a leader in public art and municipal environmental protection.
*wasteshed: 'a defined territory that shares a common solid waste generation, collection, disposal and recycling system’.
For more information on the Utilities and Environmental Protection Public Art Plan, contact the Public Art Program.